Saturday, August 9, 2008

8th NAASCU opens with a Bang

Guest of Honor Manny V. Pangilinan delivers a speech

As early as 7:30 in the morning the Rizal Memorial Coliseum was already jampacked as the National Athletic Association of Schools Colleges and Universities opened with a bang its 8th Season. Twelve schools paraded their respective teams as the defending champion STI College Olympians start their defense of the title they won against the UM Hawks last year via a 2-0 sweep of the finals. SBP big boss Manny V. Pangilinan was the guest of honor as his presence gave great head to the event as the SBP Boss gave a short privilege speech. Accompanying MVP is SBP Executive Director Noli Eala and former SBP Executive Director Pato Gregorio.

Guests at the 8th NAASCU (R-L)
Pato Gregorio, MVP (SBP President),
Noli Eala (Exec. Dir. SBP), Dr. Jay Adalem (NAASCU President),
Edgel Durolfo (Ms. NAASCU '07), Ed Tolentino (Guest Broadcaster)

Other guests included Mark Villar who represented his father Manny Villar. Veteran Sports acster Ed Tolentino was also given an award while former University of Manila Coach Ato Tolentino was given the NAASCU milestone award.

Ms. STI 2007 Theramiles Cajumban and Norman Ihalas of the Olympians

The San Sebastian College Recoletos de Cavite was given the membership award as the tenth member school of the NAASCU. Informatics and Lyceum of Subic Bay was also cited as the new member and will have two years to comply to the rules and regulations of the NAASCU. Informatics will be known as the Icons while Lyceum will be called the Sharks.

Ms. NAASCU 2007 Edgel Durolfo of STI
with former STI muse and Ms.STI 2003 Lou Ann Cruz

The culmination of the opening was the search for Mr. and Ms. NAASCU 2008. Both representatives of CEU won the award which was turnover by last year's Ms. NAASCU 2007, Edgel Joy Durolfo of STI. Ever Bilena was there to hand out special awards to the candidates of Mr. & Ms. NAASCU. Miles Cajumban was given the Ms. Ever Bilena award.

The STI All-Star Dancers performed 2 numbers

The program hosts were Basketball Crazy's Tracy Abad and yours truly. The event was highlighted by the presentation of various schools, the Informatics Dance Group, New Era University Glee Club, University of Manila Dance Group, the University of Makati Funky Jazz Extreme, a high pitch song rendition by Marife Visda of Lyceum of Subic and finally the STI All-Star Dance team.

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